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Old Dec 3rd, 2013, 13:24 PM   1
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Almost 13 months, no words


She babbles a lot. Mum, mumum, mabob, dada, bubba, num num etc etc. Can string together different noises to make funny words up. Says mmmmm while eating.

She understands sit down, bath time, lie down, arms up, high five, kiss, knows who mummy daddy Thomas nana and grandma are. Makes a peeew peew noise for guns and a brrrmm noise for cars. Understands a lot more but I just wanted to give some examples.

Still no first word though. I know she's in the range of normal, I just don't want all the hassles I got with my son. He didn't talk until 22 months. He's a fabulous talker now and people always comment on how clearly he speaks and his 'word power' is really good. He's a confident bright little boy, but I got so many comments on his lack of speech as a young toddler as though it were my fault.

I know I can't force her to talk, I guess I'm just a little sad that I didn't have a 'normal' talker this time.



 
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Old Dec 3rd, 2013, 13:33 PM   2
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She sounds totally "normal" to me that's about what Chloe could do a few weeks ago and just lately she is learning so many more words.



 
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Old Dec 3rd, 2013, 13:39 PM   3
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I understand how you're feeling. I sometimes feel it's my fault dd1 doesn't talk. I was just reading randomly how the funniest conversations you'll have with your child is by the time they're 2 and I was thinking, conversations?! Unimaginable for me now. She gets more talkative right before bed for whatever reason and tonight she was babbling away. She sounds like she really wants to talk to us but it's all babble. Makes me feel sad sometimes since so many toddlers her age are able to communicate but I know she'll get there as will your lo. At 13 months she's still soo young for saying much. I bet in the next few months she'll surprise you.



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Definitely no conversations going on in my house either, and my toddler is now 25 months. At 13 months he had no words at all. I think it's much more common than we're led to believe actually. Thankfully nobody has commented on him being slow to talk.

Don't let anyone make you feel like you've done anything or not done something. The range of normal is so vast. I am now starting to think my little boy won't be talking properly until the age of 3.



 
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Old Dec 3rd, 2013, 14:36 PM   5
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Thank you. I have a hard time seperating my emotions from the logic in this right now. When she was 11 months old she had a checkup, and eyebrows were raised at her lack of speech then!



 
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Half of Micah's friends in our group (13-15 months) don't have any words yet. I don't think you need to worry.



 
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Old Dec 3rd, 2013, 14:41 PM   7
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Thank you. I have a hard time seperating my emotions from the logic in this right now. When she was 11 months old she had a checkup, and eyebrows were raised at her lack of speech then!
That is just beyond ridiculous!

I know one lady whose LO isn't talking at 18 months. Hardly a shocker in my opinion, but his nursery are questioning her about it and making her feel like it isn't normal.

I don't understand why some health professionals and educators think they're all having conversations by the age of 2, and that if they're not there's something 'wrong'.



 
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Old Dec 3rd, 2013, 14:42 PM   8
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She sounds pretty normal to me. Also, my pediatrician says that animal sounds count as words, so technically she does have a couple!



 
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Old Dec 3rd, 2013, 16:38 PM   9
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At 13mo it is completely normal to not have words yet - I would actually say from what you wrote that she does have some words. Way more than mine did at that age! I do understand the stress though - my son has a speech delay and said his first word at 2.5. I was expecting my daughter to start much sooner, but she said her very first word at 21mo. She didn't start saying animal sounds or mama/dada until after that point. It's 4 months since that point and she has more words now than I can count and is completely typical in her development.

But really 13mo is so so young - and your doc was raising an eyebrow about 11mo? Our developmental ped. and speech therapist say the average number of words a baby has at 1 is 1! So half of babies have no words by a year. I know many many babies who weren't talking at 13mo. Try not to worry!



 
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Old Dec 3rd, 2013, 17:05 PM   10
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She sounds pretty normal to me. Also, my pediatrician says that animal sounds count as words, so technically she does have a couple!
^^ This. Making those noises counts as words

The next 6 months is when most toddlers really start to develop a vocabulary, so I wouldn't worry too much yet.



 
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